COSMO. 'Yes, it seemed to bother him, too.'GINEVRA. 'The theatre. That is what she _said_.'Here Cosmo takes up a commanding position on the hearthrug; it couldnot be bettered unless with a cigar in the mouth.COSMO. 'Look here, Miss Dunbar, it may be that I have a little crow to pick with mother when she comes back, but I cannot allow anyone elseto say a word against her. _Comprenez?_'Ginevra's reply is lost to the world because at this moment Amy'ssparkling eyes show round the door. How softly she must have crossedthe little hall!GINEVRA. 'Amy, at last!'AMY. 'Sh!' She speaks to some one unseen, 'There are only Ginevra andCosmo here.'Thus encouraged Alice enters. Despite her demeanour they would see, if they knew her better, that she has been having a good time, and is inhopes that it is not ended yet. She comes in, as it were, under Amy'sguidance. Ginevra is introduced, and Alice then looks to Amy for instructions what to do next.AMY, encouragingly, 'Sit down, mother.'ALICE. 'Where shall I sit, dear?' Amy gives her the nicest chair inthe room. 'Thank you, Amy.' She is emboldened to address her son.'Where is your father, Cosmo?'Cosmo remembers his slap, and that he has sworn to converse with her no more. He indicates, however, that his father is in the roomoverhead. Alice meekly accepts the rebuff. 'Shall I go to him, Amy?'AMY, considerately, 'If you think you feel strong enough, mother.'ALICE. 'You have given me strength.'AMY. 'I am so glad.' She strokes her mother soothingly. '_What_ will youtell him?'ALICE. 'All, Amy--all, all.'AMY. 'Brave mother.'